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Elvis Presley’s BMW 507 Heading for Restoration

June 22, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Elvis Presley’s infamous 1957 BMW 507 that he purchased while being stationed as a G.I. in Germany has recently resurfaced and is heading back to Germany for restoration at the BMW Classic Center. While the “King of Rock and Roll” originally purchased the sports car second hand, the car’s history before and after he owned it (shared on the following page) is equally as entertaining as the singer who once owned it…

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Video: 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R with S20 Being Wrung Out at Fuji

June 21, 2017 in Japanese / Race Car / Video

Now this is the way a race car is supposed to be driven, and sound! Listen to the glorious noises that this 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R’s S20 inline 6 emits as it gets wound out by Motoharu Kurosawa “Gan-San” at Fuji Speedway. If you never had an appreciation for the car nicknamed  “Hakosuka” before, the video on the following page should give you a whole new respect for it that you never knew possible. Enjoy…

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1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia Restoration

June 19, 2017 in English / Restoration / Restoration Shop

Since we were on the subject just yesterday of English cars of historical significance that have sat around since the 70’s waiting to be restored, it would only make sense to include today’s feature, a 1952 Frazer Nash Mille Miglia. It was purchased by it’s current owner, Bob S. in a neglected and dilapidated state of disrepair in 1975 and it’s restoration didn’t begin until 2004. He had purchased S/N 421 100 168 in ’75 along with 2 partners on a shoestring budget while going through law school, knowing that the car was special and deserving of a resurrection back to it’s former glory one day when he had time and could afford it. While each and every Frazer Nash is normally always unique and rare, what makes this particular example stand out is that it was actually originally Frazer Nash’s very own company show car used for display at the 1952 Turin Auto Show.

 

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1958 BMW 503 Restoration

June 16, 2017 in German / Restoration Shop

This 1958 BMW 503 was the subject of a nut and bolt restoration by RKH-Classic in Germany, found linked at the bottom of the following page. We do not have an excess of information about this particular example from their site, but we still felt compelled to include a bit of the model’s interesting history here on CBI since they are such rare cars and this particular one is such an outstanding example. Come see what we mean…

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Barn Find Porsche 917-024 “Le Mans” Movie Car Set for Auction

June 9, 2017 in Barn Find / German / Movie Car / Race Car / Restoration / Video

Today, on this otherwise redundant and mundane Monday morning, we have the intriguing story of the barn find, restoration and coming sale of Porsche 917-024, the actual vehicle used in the filming of the iconic car enthusiast’s cult classic race movie “Le Mans” with Steve McQueen. It is set to hit the auction block this August with Gooding & Company in Pebble Beach, and as we all know, anything with the “King of Cool’s” name attached to it adds a multiplying factor of many times it’s value to it’s final price. Expectations of this famous car’s sale are projected to hit in the neighborhood of an astounding, yet not surprising, $20 million. The accompanying barn find story of how it had dropped off the radar for 23 years…
1969 Porsche 917K, chassis 917-024

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Restoration of the Oldest Surviving Jaguar E-Type-“9600 HP”

June 8, 2017 in Barn Find / English / Featured / prototype / Restoration / Restoration Shop / Video

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The subject of today’s main feature is the restoration of what happens to be the oldest surviving Jaguar E-Type left in existence, taken on by the marque experts at Classic Motor Cars in the U.K. What has become internationally reknown as simply “9600 HP” was originally built as a factory prototype, used for road testing and development before it was used for the debut at the 1961 Geneva Motor Show. Could this be the very car that Enzo Ferrari laid his eyes upon for the first time when he was famously quoted as calling the new E Type “the most beautiful car ever made”? Perhaps, but considering the drop dead gorgeous cars that he had built up until that point I suspect that it was more likely an open top roadster he was looking at, although that possibility still remains. After the show 9600 HP was also used as a press car for motoring journalists to expose to auto enthusiasts around the world, therefore labeling it as possibly the single most famous E Type ever made wouldn’t be a far stretch. On the next page, check out some photos of it’s restoration, but first how about some classic old video footage of it as it leaves the Jaguar factory after production way back in 1961…

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Lotus Restoration Project-1967 Europa S1

June 8, 2017 in Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Restoration

This 1967 Lotus Europa Type 46 S1 is undergoing a home garage restoration that includes an engine swap, all documented on a site that is dedicated to it’s build. We always love finding these types of sites, although this one does not leave any type of indication whether it has been completed yet or any type of date stamping. What we do know is that it’s heart is being/has been transplanted with a trusty Toyota 4A GE 1600 Twin Cam 16V unit, but before anybody scoffs at the notion of the cross breed in effect here, let’s not forget that modern Lotus’ are the same mix. Check out the build (in progress?) with us on the next page before passing judgement, and then draw your own conclusion. Since we enjoy driving more than wrenching, we welcome the reliability factor…
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1968 Ford Escort Restoration Video

June 7, 2017 in American / Barn Find / Build In Progress / Engine Swap / English / Home Garage Build / Race Car / Replica/Tribute Build / Restoration / Video

The following video on the next page chronicles the complete rebuild of a 1968 Ford Escort Mk 1 in the style of the vintage Rothmans cars, although it’s livery is hopefully intentionally misspelled as “Rotmanns”. Not only does the inspirational film show the car being taken from a basket case to a very capable vintage stage racer, it also shows some epic in-car action shots during several competitions from when it’s finished. Now, if this doesn’t entice you to work on your own car this 4th of July weekend, maybe it’s time to pick another project car that will motivate you more. Say, an Escort Mk 1, perhaps? (see what we did there?) Enjoy…

 

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Stunning 1967 OSI 20m Restoration

May 31, 2017 in American / German / Italian / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This 1967 OSI 20m TS Coupe was the year-and-a-half long project of “Nathan R”, who refers to it as one of the most difficult restorations that he has ever taken on. The rust was extensive, covering about half of the car and requiring the old world craftsmen at his shop in Vietnam shop to hand form new panels for practically half of the vehicle, but that didn’t stop them as it would others who have been defeated by less. In addition, during the process of restoring the car, Nathan found that the OSI classic car community could benefit from his company reproducing quality parts that would otherwise be unobtainable, such as grills, headlight pods, window rubbers and rear light surrounds, which they now offer for sale. With only around 200 of these rare Italian/German/American hybrids survivors left remaining today out of the 2000+ originally built, it’s great to see that the hobby can perpetually benefit from one man’s quest to restore his own example to the highest standard possible.
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Survivor Sunday: Garage Francorchamps’s 1978 Fiat 900T Team Van

May 25, 2017 in Italian / Survivor

This 1978 Fiat 900T service van was originally used for parts delivery and race assistance in the 70’s and 80’s by the infamous Ferrari Francorchamps garage of Belgium. It was purchased brand new by reknown former Ferrari race car driver, team manager and importer Jacques Swaters and has remained unrestored to this day, racking up only 18,642 total miles. What we appreciate most is that it still wears it’s original hand painted livery, making it the perfect character of a candidate for today’s Survivor Sunday feature continued below…
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Rolling Restoration Project: 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider

May 24, 2017 in Engine Swap / Home Garage Build / Italian / Modification Thread

This 1971 Fiat 124 Sport Spider was the subject of a tasteful rolling restoration by it’s owner, a crafty home garage mechanic and avid Fiat enthusiast. With all of the high priced heavyweights we have been talking about here recently, we thought it was long past due for us to get back to our roots (and back down to reality) and feature a fun lightweight Italian convertible restoration, and this project hit that nail slam right on the head. Let’s take a closer look at it, shall we?
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Lotus Type 79/1 Restoration

May 23, 2017 in English / Race Car / Restoration / Restoration Shop

This Lotus Type 79/1 Formula 1 vintage race car was the subject of a restoration by Classic Team Lotus in the U.K. The vehicle was originally used as a prototype for the development of under car aerodynamics with help from none other than Mario Andretti, and was also the first Formula 1 car designed using wind tunnel and computer design aids. Later, it was used as his spare race car for the 1978 season. When Lotus enthusiast Paul Rego of Regogo Racing in Texas found out that it was available for sale back in 2010, he took advantage of the opportunity to purchase the rare 1 of 5 car and promptly had it sent back to England where it received it’s renovation under the supervision of Clive Chapman, son of Lotus “add lightness” legend Colin.
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Mind Blowing F40 LM Short Video

May 22, 2017 in Italian / Race Car / Video

The following video is perhaps one of the top YouTube videos I have personally ever witnessed, regardless of it’s grainy poor quality. Somehow, I am sure that you’ll overlook it’s low definition too the second you hear the audio bliss of this 720 bhp Ferrari F40 LM being wrung out by ex Formula 1 driver Jacques Lafitte at circuit du Mas du Clos. I especially enjoyed the fact that the monsieur is rocking it in his street clothes and no helmet, the following day after Christmas no less back in ’92. How do we get Santa to grant that same wish for us this year? In any case, be sure not to miss our previous features that include an F40 LM undergoing a full restoration HERE and the Japanese F40 promotional video HERE after. Behold:

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1967 Renault R4 Restoration with Gordini 1387 cc Engine Swap

May 19, 2017 in Engine Swap / French / Home Garage Build / Modification Thread / Sleeper

This 1967 Renault R4 was the subject of a restoration complete with a 1387cc Gordini engine swap, as seen on www.Renault4.co.uk. We have always been big fans of tiny cars, which would be obvious if you follow our posts with any bit of frequency in the slightest. We especially appreciate them when they have been warmed over by enthusiasts who know which parts to pick from their various years of manufacture and then assembles them all together using the most choice pieces, which is exactly the case of this project featured here today. While it would normally be a bit odd to label a car with only 94 horsepower a “sleeper”,  one has to take into consideration that that figure is now more than 3 times the amount of power of it’s original stock 847 cc engine, which makes it quite befitting of the title now, wouldn’t you agree?
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CarTorque Video: The Alpine A110

May 18, 2017 in French / Homologation / Race Car / Restoration / Uncategorized / Video

In the video on the following page, CarTorque brings us the story of an Alpine A110 restoration, a car which just seems to grow on us the more and more we learn about them. After viewing the video, make sure to check out our previous feature of the restoration of a 1975 Alpine A110 by AlpineLAB, then check out Petrolicious.com’s feature of them too, and tell us that one has not made it to the top of your dream garage must-have list. After all, even vintage Ferrari expert Tom Shaugnessy had one for sale recently on Bringatrailer.com

 

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Tastefully Built 1969 Datsun Roadster Resto-Mod

May 12, 2017 in Engine Swap / Japanese / Restoration Shop

This 1969 Datsun Roadster was built as a resto mod utilizing an assortment of interesting and clever features by the crew at Spriso Motorsports in Corvallis, Oregon. This project wasn’t exactly their first tango at swapping a modern SR20DE engine into one of the iconic Japanese convertibles. In fact, they had completed several before, using “test drivers” to sort out any possible bugs before selling their conversions to customers looking for upgraded power, handling and brakes featuring modern reliability all wrapped up in a vintage package. This particular ’69 S13 SR20DET came about as the result of one man’s new found interest in the vintage convertible after many years of 510 dedication, and the following story is about his build and what changed his perspective forever. Let’s take a closer look at exactly what would make someone simply walk away from a previous devotion and never look back…
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